The eDNA Discovery Lab
Have you ever wondered what lives in your local area? It’s now possible for you to discover the biodiversity of lakes, ponds, rivers and even the oceans.
The eDNA Discovery Lab is an easy-to-use sampling kit for everyone. You simply collect and filter water from across the UK, then send it back to our labs. We’ll process your samples and tell you what’s been living in the water. We do this by looking for the traces of DNA that living things leave behind in the environment.
How does it work?
STEP 1: Collect water
Use your eDNA Discovery Lab to collect water from anywhere across the UK. Whether you are curious about your back garden pond or your holiday destination in the Highlands, chose a water body that’s interesting to you.
STEP 2: Filter and send
With our easy-to-use eDNA Discovery Lab, you can filter your water sample. Our filter catches all the environmental DNA that was in your water sample.
Just send your filter back to us and we’ll do the rest.
STEP 3: Learn
We will send you a list of all the living things that you’ve found in your sample. Learn about a whole world of biodiversity that you might not have seen, even with your own eyes.
Give the gift of discovery: the eDNA Discovery Lab is the ideal present
Be part of something bigger
Join the mission for more knowledge
When you use the eDNA Discovery Lab, your eyes will be opened to a world of unknown biodiversity. This is exciting, fun and educational, and it’s also important for our natural world.
We don’t know a lot about "who lives where, and when", so the more you discover, the more knowledge we can build about nature.
With every sample that you collect, it’s not only you that’s learning. You’re the building blocks for our scientific understanding of the world too. Let’s join together to discover biodiversity today, and create a bigger picture that we’re proud of.
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Inside the box
You’ll receive an easy-to-use kit with everything that you’ll need to discover the biodiversity of your site. This includes a NatureMetrics filtering kit, a datasheet to fill in, a water-collection bag and all the instructions on how to get started. With the eDNA Discovery Lab, you’ll be collecting scientific data in no time!
We’ve got an exciting new app on the way. Start discovering today, and soon you’ll be able to log in and track your discoveries.
Get involved today
The eDNA Discovery Lab is for everyone.
We’ve created something for the whole family, children and adults alike, from community groups to gardeners, and teachers to anglers and conservationists. Whoever you are, and whatever your interests, join the quest for discovery today.
Got any questions? Get in touch with us to find out what's possible with the eDNA Discovery Lab.